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Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 AM
badgolferman
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Default Straight Talk

Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
your old phone with them?

Thank you for your answers.

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:40 PM
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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com>
wrote:

>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>your old phone with them?
>
>Thank you for your answers.


I "think" it is Verizon

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Old 03-23-2011, 02:36 PM
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On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:40:56 -0500, me@privacy.net wrote:

>"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com>
>wrote:
>
>>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>your old phone with them?
>>
>>Thank you for your answers.

>
>I "think" it is Verizon


It depends on the area where your phone is activated. They use VZW
only in areas where they use CDMA. In their GSM areas, they use
T-Mobile or AT&T's network.

See item #9.

http://www.straighttalk.com/terms

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Old 03-23-2011, 04:23 PM
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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com>
wrote:

>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>your old phone with them?
>
>Thank you for your answers.


I "think" it is Verizon

It is T-Mobile.

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Old 03-23-2011, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Straight Talk

On 3/23/11 6:00 AM, badgolferman wrote:
> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
> your old phone with them?
>
> Thank you for your answers.


You have your choice.

If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
either T-Mo or ATT. If the phone model ends in C, it's CDMA and uses the
Verizon PREPAY network-- a bit smaller footprint that the regular or
post-pay- VZW network. Check the VZW website to see if your area is
covered well.

FWIW, I've been using the ST $30 1000/1000/30 plan for about a year now.
I figure I've saved about $600 over what I was paying VZW before I
switched.

OTOH, if you're into the latest/greatest smart phones or need a lot of
customer service/tech support hand holding, ST might not be the one for you.

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Old 03-23-2011, 06:49 PM
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"NessNet" wrote in message news:28pip.30533$Lj7.11124@en-nntp-03.dc1.easynews.com...



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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com>
wrote:

>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>your old phone with them?
>
>Thank you for your answers.


I "think" it is Verizon

It is T-Mobile.

I may need to clarify. Yes, Straight Talk is TracPhone, so VZW is correct
I (mistakenly) was talking about WalMart Family Mobile, their MVNO play.

http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10297.aspx

Walmart Introduces Walmart Family Mobile Powered by T-Mobile, Featuring the Lowest
Priced Unlimited Talk and Text Wireless Family Plans

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 13, 2010 – To help families stay connected while saving money,
Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced it will launch Walmart Family Mobile™ powered by T-Mobile,
a new brand of post-paid cell phone service that offers the best value for unlimited talk and text.
Walmart Family Mobile is a new monthly post-paid plan available without a contract or multi-year
commitment......



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Old 03-23-2011, 09:43 PM
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Jason Bourne <jason@treadstone.net> wrote:

>If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
>either T-Mo or ATT.


cool!
could I buy said phone and use it on my T-Mobile
prepaid by swapping out the SIM cards?

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Old 03-23-2011, 09:45 PM
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On 3/23/2011 9:53 AM, Jason Bourne wrote:
> On 3/23/11 6:00 AM, badgolferman wrote:
>> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>> your old phone with them?
>>
>> Thank you for your answers.

>
> You have your choice.
>
> If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
> either T-Mo or ATT. If the phone model ends in C, it's CDMA and uses the
> Verizon PREPAY network-- a bit smaller footprint that the regular or
> post-pay- VZW network. Check the VZW website to see if your area is
> covered well.


What is strange is that the Straight Talk coverage map shows areas of
coverage where Verizon has no native network (the prepaid Verizon
network), as well as areas where AT&T & T-Mobile have no network. Is it
possible that Straight Talk CDMA is not just limited to native coverage
on Verizon? Unfortunately Straight Talk does not have separate maps for
GSM and CDMA.

<http://www.straighttalk.com/Coverage>. Verizon has no native network in
Alaska, but the Straight Talk map shows coverage.

> FWIW, I've been using the ST $30 1000/1000/30 plan for about a year now.
> I figure I've saved about $600 over what I was paying VZW before I
> switched.


The PagePlus 1200/2000/100 plan is $30 a month as well. More than 3x the
data. Also you get CDMA coverage in areas where Verizon has no network,
but it costs extra (versus no coverage at all on Straight Talk if in
fact Straight Talk is limited to Verizon's native network).

It may be bad or good that on PagePlus you can use any Verizon phone
other than an iPhone, Blackberry, or InPulse phone, while on Straight
Talk you're limited to their phone choices.

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Old 03-24-2011, 02:57 AM
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Default Re: Straight Talk

On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:40:56 -0500, me wrote:

> "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate your
>>old phone with them?
>>
>>Thank you for your answers.

>
> I "think" it is Verizon



It's kinda weird, because it uses Verizon's Prepaid network, same as
PagePlus, but it comes through TracFone! I think the reason they show such
good coverage is because they might piggyback off Tracfone's 'roaming'
providers...


or they're lying...

Customer Service is..well. it's TracFone. If you can understand a thick
Spanish accent, and have time to WAIT on hold, you will get someone who
knows what they're talking about. I always liked TracFone's CS reps...

WHEN I got through, and WHEN I could understand them!



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Old 03-24-2011, 02:58 AM
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On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:36:38 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:40:56 -0500, me@privacy.net wrote:
>
>>"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>>your old phone with them?
>>>
>>>Thank you for your answers.

>>
>>I "think" it is Verizon

>
> It depends on the area where your phone is activated. They use VZW only
> in areas where they use CDMA. In their GSM areas, they use T-Mobile or
> AT&T's network.
>
> See item #9.
>
> http://www.straighttalk.com/terms



So getting a GSM phone is the best deal with them!



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Old 03-24-2011, 01:50 PM
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Default Re: Straight Talk

On 3/23/11 10:58 PM, Hachiroku ハチ*ク wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:36:38 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:40:56 -0500, me@privacy.net wrote:
>>
>>> "badgolferman"<REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.co m> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>>> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>>> your old phone with them?
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for your answers.
>>>
>>> I "think" it is Verizon

>>
>> It depends on the area where your phone is activated. They use VZW only
>> in areas where they use CDMA. In their GSM areas, they use T-Mobile or
>> AT&T's network.
>>
>> See item #9.
>>
>> http://www.straighttalk.com/terms

>
>
> So getting a GSM phone is the best deal with them!
>
>


Well, most independent/scidentific reviews rate VZW (on CDMA) as the top
network but if you're a GSM man, hey, knock yourself out!

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Old 03-24-2011, 02:02 PM
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Default Re: Straight Talk

On 3/23/11 5:45 PM, SMS wrote:
> On 3/23/2011 9:53 AM, Jason Bourne wrote:
>> On 3/23/11 6:00 AM, badgolferman wrote:
>>> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>> your old phone with them?
>>>
>>> Thank you for your answers.

>>
>> You have your choice.
>>
>> If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
>> either T-Mo or ATT. If the phone model ends in C, it's CDMA and uses the
>> Verizon PREPAY network-- a bit smaller footprint that the regular or
>> post-pay- VZW network. Check the VZW website to see if your area is
>> covered well.

>
>> FWIW, I've been using the ST $30 1000/1000/30 plan for about a year now.
>> I figure I've saved about $600 over what I was paying VZW before I
>> switched.

>
> The PagePlus 1200/2000/100 plan is $30 a month as well. More than 3x the
> data. Also you get CDMA coverage in areas where Verizon has no network,
> but it costs extra (versus no coverage at all on Straight Talk if in
> fact Straight Talk is limited to Verizon's native network).
>
> It may be bad or good that on PagePlus you can use any Verizon phone
> other than an iPhone, Blackberry, or InPulse phone, while on Straight
> Talk you're limited to their phone choices.


I chose StraightTalk over PagePlus because it is a much larger and
presumably more stable company. MVNOs can disappear overnight-- and your
phone number with them.

I had ported my long-time phone number from VZW to ST. Lots of people
have it-- including some business contacts/clients I may hear from only
once or twice a year if that-- so there could be some financial
consequences if my number went bye-bye.

Being semi-retired, I only use a couple of hundred minutes a month so I
could save even more money on PP. If I could find out how large/stable a
company they are, I might switch to them if the risk of losing my number
was very low.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:37 PM
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On 3/24/2011 7:02 AM, Jason Bourne wrote:

> I chose StraightTalk over PagePlus because it is a much larger and
> presumably more stable company. MVNOs can disappear overnight-- and your
> phone number with them.


Possibly, but PagePlus has been in business even longer than
Tracfone/StraightTalk. They are not one of those fly-by-night MVNOs.

In any case, it's best to use a Google Voice number that you give out to
people, and then it doesn't matter all that much if your cell phone
number changes (besides the other major advantages of Google Voice).

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Old 03-24-2011, 11:29 PM
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Jason Bourne wrote:

>On 3/23/11 6:00 AM, badgolferman wrote:
>>Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>your old phone with them?
>>
>>Thank you for your answers.

>
>You have your choice.
>
>If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
>either T-Mo or ATT. If the phone model ends in C, it's CDMA and uses
>the Verizon PREPAY network-- a bit smaller footprint that the regular
>or post-pay- VZW network. Check the VZW website to see if your area
>is covered well.
>
>FWIW, I've been using the ST $30 1000/1000/30 plan for about a year
>now. I figure I've saved about $600 over what I was paying VZW before
>I switched.
>
>OTOH, if you're into the latest/greatest smart phones or need a lot
>of customer service/tech support hand holding, ST might not be the
>one for you.


If it uses the Verizon network do you get free Verizon mobile-to-mobile
minutes? What about the 30M data plan? How much actual usage does
that entail? Do you get text messages when you are nearing the limits
of your plan?

Thank you.

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Old 03-25-2011, 01:59 PM
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On 3/24/11 7:29 PM, badgolferman wrote:
> Jason Bourne wrote:
>
>> On 3/23/11 6:00 AM, badgolferman wrote:
>>> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>> your old phone with them?
>>>
>>> Thank you for your answers.

>>
>> You have your choice.
>>
>> If you buy a phone model that ends in G, it's a GSM phone that uses
>> either T-Mo or ATT. If the phone model ends in C, it's CDMA and uses
>> the Verizon PREPAY network-- a bit smaller footprint that the regular
>> or post-pay- VZW network. Check the VZW website to see if your area
>> is covered well.
>>
>> FWIW, I've been using the ST $30 1000/1000/30 plan for about a year
>> now. I figure I've saved about $600 over what I was paying VZW before
>> I switched.
>>
>> OTOH, if you're into the latest/greatest smart phones or need a lot
>> of customer service/tech support hand holding, ST might not be the
>> one for you.

>
> If it uses the Verizon network do you get free Verizon mobile-to-mobile
> minutes? What about the 30M data plan? How much actual usage does
> that entail? Do you get text messages when you are nearing the limits
> of your plan?
>
> Thank you.


No free calls, 30M entails 30M, no limit notifications.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:40 PM
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On Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:50:13 -0400, Jason Bourne wrote:

> On 3/23/11 10:58 PM, Hachiroku ハチ*ク wrote:
>> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:36:38 -0400, The Ghost of General Lee wrote:
>>
>>> On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:40:56 -0500, me@privacy.net wrote:
>>>
>>>> "badgolferman"<REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.co m> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Does Walmart's Straight Talk cell service use the Verizon network or
>>>>> something else? Do you have to get their phones or can you activate
>>>>> your old phone with them?
>>>>>
>>>>> Thank you for your answers.
>>>>
>>>> I "think" it is Verizon
>>>
>>> It depends on the area where your phone is activated. They use VZW
>>> only in areas where they use CDMA. In their GSM areas, they use
>>> T-Mobile or AT&T's network.
>>>
>>> See item #9.
>>>
>>> http://www.straighttalk.com/terms

>>
>>
>> So getting a GSM phone is the best deal with them!
>>
>>
>>

> Well, most independent/scidentific reviews rate VZW (on CDMA) as the top
> network but if you're a GSM man, hey, knock yourself out!



Actually, I'm not. I like hearing the person I am talking to through the
earpiece, not my own voice coming back at me...I'm on Page Plus.

If you look at clause #9 on the link above, it says the CDMA phones ONLY
work on the CDMA part of the network, and do not roam. The GSM phones work
in GSM areas, and there is no fee for roaming.

But, there are three areas I go to, not too often, that I hit roaming on
P+. So, I just don't make calls when I'm there. I get far more coverage in
my area even on Verizon's PrePaid network than I do on AT&T going through
PureTalk. But, no roaming on PureTalk.

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